In addition to the “break-resistant display” patent, Apple appears to have received a second US patent for “self-healing displays” (US-20230011092-A1). All of this seems to be approaching his foldable iPhones and iPads.
Apple’s New ‘Self-Healing Display’ Patent Looks Like a Foldable iPhone/iPad
But don’t get your hopes up, as such a product still seems far off. This is just a patent. But it’s an interesting one. In any event, these patents appear to be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The first patent (crack-resistant) is for a crack-resistant 3-layer foldable display. This display uses a flexible substrate layer, a thin film transistor layer, and a protective layer. The point of the protective layer (on top) is to protect the flexible substrate. This ensures the durability of the display.
Well, the second patent is for a “self-healing display,” literally. The top protective layer is said to be able to heal itself from minor scratches and normal wear and tear. Most contain complex chemicals that help remove or hide very minor blemishes.
Such technology has already been seen in the past, mostly in concept displays, and although Apple could bring it to a real product, it seems that they ended up using this patent.
Don’t expect Apple’s foldable products to arrive this year
But don’t expect a foldable iPhone or iPad to launch this year. Apple could always surprise us, but so far the rumors have not shown it at all. The question is whether he can get it in 2024 let alone 2023.
However, the foldable iPad will come before the foldable iPhone. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Apple usually has a sweet tooth with new technology. Foldable smartphones have been around for years, but Apple has no problem waiting for the right time to make such a product.